Tennis: Community programmes lined up for WTA Championships in October
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has lined up a series of community development programmes, as part of efforts to connect the WTA Championships in Singapore with the locals.
This includes a partnership with the Singapore Sports Council to start the WTA Future stars programme, which will allow the region's top junior female players to compete for a chance to play in the WTA Future Stars tournament. The competition, which will go out to 12 to 16 markets but focus primarily on South-east Asia, will take place alongside the Oct 17-26 WTA Championships this year.
There will also be a WTA Championships internship programme, which will help students interesting in sports marketing in Singapore, as well as a Fellowship Programme that will be offer a female MBA student a six-month long internship at the WTA's headquarters in St Petersburg, Florida. Staff from the WTA's sports science and medicine, as well as player development departments will also share their knowledge of working with elite female athletes through summits.
Women's tennis great Chris Evert and rising star Eugenie Bouchard were in Singapore to help launch the WTA Championships at the ArtScience Musuem at Marina Bay Sands, together with WTA chairman and chief executive officer Stacey Allaster.